On This Day

June 1981 in History

Events in History

MurderAssassination Attempt

Jun 3 Pope John Paul II released from hospital after assassination attempt

264th Pope John Paul II
264th Pope
John Paul II
  • Jun 4 54th National Spelling Bee: Paige Pipkin wins spelling sarcophagus
  • Jun 5 AIDS Epidemic officially begins when US Centers for Disease Control reports on pneumonia affecting five homosexual men in Los Angeles
  • Jun 5 World's first today in history program with editable data "TODAY", invented by Michael Butler runs for the first time on a mainframe computer
  • Jun 6 Maya Yang Lin wins competition to design the Vietnam War Memorial
  • Jun 6 A passenger train travelling between Mansi and Saharsa, India, jumps the tracks at a bridge crossing the Bagmati river, killing 268 officially with another 300 or more missing
  • Jun 7 35th Tony Awards: "Amadeus" & "42nd Street" win
  • Jun 7 Israeli F-15/F-16 destroys alleged Iraqi plutonium production facility
  • Jun 10 IRA's Joseph Doherty escapes from Crumlin Road Jail
  • Jun 10 Seven Brothers Square in Bronx named honoring 7 Santini Bro Moving Co
  • Jun 11 Cannibal Issei Sagawa kills Dutch student
  • Jun 11 Richter Scale 6.9 magnitude Golbaf earthquake in Iran, kills at least 2,000
  • Jun 12 Only candidate Hassan Gouled Aptidon wins Djibouti Presidential election
  • Jun 13 39 Unification church couples wed in Germany
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    Jun 13 Teenager fires 6 blank rounds at Queen Elizabeth II

    Queen of the United Kingdom Elizabeth II
    Queen of the United Kingdom
    Elizabeth II

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    Jun 13 Tom Snyder interviews Charles Manson on "Tomorrow"

    Murderer Charles Manson
    Charles Manson
    • Jun 17 Battle between Muslims & Christians in Cairo, 14 killed
    • Jun 18 Kimberley Ann Smith, of NC, 17, crowned America's Junior Miss
    • Jun 18 US Supreme Court Justice Potter Stewart retires
    • Jun 18 Vaccine to prevent hoof & mouth disease announced
    • Jun 18 The AIDS epidemic is formally recognized by medical professionals in San Francisco, California
    • Jun 19 Boeing commercial Chinook 2-rotor helicopter is certified
    • Jun 19 European Space Agency's Ariane carries 2 satellites into orbit
    • Jun 19 Heaviest known orange (2.5 kg) exhibited, Nelspruit, South Africa
    • Jun 19 India's APPLE satellite, 1st to be stabilized on 3 axes, launched
    • Jun 20 Mudjahedin uprises against Iran regime
    • Jun 20 Pope John Paul II hospitalized for 55 days for infection
    • Jun 21 12-bottle case of 1979 Napamedoc Cabernet wine auctioned for $24,000
    • Jun 21 Bread riots in Casablanca, Morocco, kill 66 people (government figure vs opposition estimate of 637)
    • Jun 21 Socialists and communists win French parliamentary election
    • Jun 22 2 Habash terrorists attack a travel agency in Greece killing 2
    • Jun 22 Iranian president Bani Sadr deposed
    • Jun 23 Amanda Maccaro becomes 1st American to win Russian Ballet Competition
    • Jun 23 French government of Mauroy forms, with 4 communists
    • Jun 25 Supreme Court upholds male-only draft registration as constitutional
    • Jun 25 Microsoft is restructured to become an incorporated business in its home state of Washington
    • Jun 27 Cambodia adopts its constitution
    • Jun 27 Pamela Jenks, aged 21, is crowned the 14th Miss Black America

    MurderAssassination Attempt

    Jun 27 Ali Khamenei narrowly escapes an assassination attempt by the Mujaheddin-e Khalq, when a bomb concealed in a tape recorder, explodes on a desk in front of him

    2nd Supreme Leader of Iran Ali Hosseini Khamenei
    2nd Supreme Leader of Iran
    Ali Hosseini Khamenei
    • Jun 28 74 government officials die in attack in Iran
    • Jun 29 Bomb attack on headquarters of Islamic Party in Tehran, 72 killed

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    Jun 29 Hu Yaobang succeeds Hua Guofeng as Chairman of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China

    General Secretary of the Chinese Communist Party Hu Yaobang
    General Secretary of the Chinese Communist Party
    Hu Yaobang
    Paramount Leader of China Hua Guofeng
    Paramount Leader of China
    Hua Guofeng

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    Jun 30 China's Communist Party condemns late Mao Zedong's policy

    Revolutionary and Chairman of the Communist Party Mao Zedong
    Revolutionary and Chairman of the Communist Party
    Mao Zedong
    • Jun 30 Zwelakhe Sisulu, President of the Black Media Workers Association of South Africa, is detained

    Birthdays in History

    • Jun 8 Sara Watkins, American fiddle player
    • Jun 10 Prince Hashim bin Al Hussein, of Jordan
    • Jun 13 David Madden, 4th-ranked Jeopardy! champion of all-time
    • Jun 18 Teresa Cormack, New Zealand child murder victim (d. 1987)
    • Jun 18 Ella (Jiahua) Chen, member of the Taiwanese girl-group S.H.E
    • Jun 30 Karolina Sadalska, Polish canoer

    Weddings in History

    LoveWedding of Interest

    Jun 14 Novelist Danielle Steel (33) weds John Traina

    Novelist Danielle Steel
    Danielle Steel

    Deaths in History

    • Jun 1 Carl Vinson, American politician (38th Dean of the United States House of Representatives, 1961-65), dies at 97
    • Jun 1 Naim Chadir, PLO-representative in Brussels, murdered
    • Jun 3 Carleton Coon, American anthropologist (What in the World), dies at 76
    • Jun 11 Eppo Doeve, Dutch cartoonist and painter, dies at 73
    • Jun 15 Philip Toynbee, British journalist and writer (Savage Days, Barricade), dies at 64
    • Jun 16 Humphrey Keervelt, director (Suriname Planning Bureau), murdered
    • Jun 16 John S Knight, American journalist and publisher (Knight Newspapers), dies at 86
    • Jun 16 Jule Gregory Charney, American meteorologist, dies at 64
    • Jun 17 Richard O'Connor, British general (b. 1889)
    • Jun 17 Zerna Sharp, American writer and educator (Dick and Jane) (b. 1889)
    • Jun 17 Yitzhak Zuckerman [Itzhak Zuckerman], Jewish resistance hero in World War II and one of the few survivors of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising, dies at 65
    • Jun 28 Ayatollah Mohammad Beheshti, Iran Islamic Rep Party founder, bombed
    • Jun 29 Mohammed Hussein Beheshti, Iran ayatollah/politician, murdered